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Why is my car shaking when I brake?

Why is my car shaking when I brake?

At Wayside Garage in Seaside, CA, we're dedicated to ensuring your vehicle is in top condition for safe and smooth driving. Recently, a 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser came into our shop concerned about shaking while braking After out inspection and testing we found a worn outer tie rod. In this blog we will be highlighting the importance of a component often overlooked: the outer tie rod end. Let’s dive into why this part is crucial for your vehicle’s steering system and overall safety.

The outer tie rod end is a critical part of your vehicle’s steering mechanism. It serves as a ball and socket joint that connects the steering knuckle — the part to which the wheels are mounted — to the steering linkage, which is controlled by the steering gear. This connection is pivotal for transferring the steering wheel's movements to the front wheels, allowing your vehicle to change direction smoothly and accurately.

A defective outer tie rod end can lead to several noticeable issues:
- Sticking or Limited Movement: As demonstrated with our Toyota Land Cruiser, a sticking tie rod end indicates it's time for a replacement.
- Clunking Noises: Worn tie rod ends often produce a clunking sound from the steering area, particularly noticeable during turns.
- Steering Wheel Looseness: A loose feeling in the steering wheel can be a direct result of tie rod end wear.
- Uneven Tire Wear: Incorrect alignment, often caused by faulty tie rod ends, can lead to uneven wear on your tires, compromising vehicle safety and efficiency.

To avoid these issues, regular inspections of the suspension and steering components are essential. At Wayside Garage, our ASE-certified technicians are equipped to perform detailed assessments, including digital photos and videos of problematic areas, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of your vehicle’s condition.

Is your car shaking when you brake? Or maybe it’s just been a while since your last suspension check? Don’t wait for a small issue to become a major problem. Call us at 831-899-2425 to schedule an inspection at Wayside Garage. Ensure your vehicle is aligned and ready for the road.


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